Russia suspends grain deal with Ukraine, US expresses concern, says – ‘fear of increasing food crisis’2 min read
Russia’s allegation – Ukraine on Saturday attacked the ships of the Black Sea Fleet with a drone
Russia suspends grain deal with Ukraine, US says it will increase hunger
About 176 grain-laden ships prevented from leaving Ukrainian ports
Kyiv. US President Joe Biden has warned that Russia’s suspension of a UN-mediated deal to export grain to Ukraine would lead to global hunger. In Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said, “It’s really outrageous. What they are doing doesn’t make any sense.” Russia had announced that it would immediately halt the implementation of the agreement. It alleged that Ukraine on Saturday launched a drone strike on ships of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
The deal resulted in the export of more than 9 million tonnes of food grains from Ukraine via 397 ships and brought down food prices globally. It was to be renewed in November. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the decision was predictable. He said that Russia has been deliberately increasing the food crisis since September. Zelensky said at this time about 176 grain-laden ships were prevented from leaving Ukrainian ports.
In his address to the nation on Saturday night, he said, “It is food for more than 70 lakh consumers. Why is it that a handful of people sitting somewhere in the Kremlin can decide whether people will get food in Egypt or Bangladesh. European Union foreign policy chief Josef Borrell in a tweet on Sunday asked Russia to change its decision. Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said the global body was in close contact with Russian authorities and it was imperative that all sides avoid actions that disrupt grain-related activities.
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Moscow earlier this month intensified missile and drone strikes on Ukraine’s power plants, reservoirs and other vital facilities, destroying 40 percent of Ukraine’s power system. Russian presidential office Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state television on Sunday that Russia was ready for peace talks, but insisted it should be with Washington, which Russia considers the “mastermind” of Kyiv’s ideas.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 31, 2022, 13:59 IST